Virginia State Fair

There's a sort of timelessness to any fair -- whether it's the town, county or state fair. Here in Virginia, every county (even Arlington!) has its own fair each summer. These fairs often serve as banner events for rural counties and are the providers of bragging rights throughout communities defined by their agricultural heritage.

Each fall, after the counties have had their fairs, the State Fair of Virginia kicks off in Doswell, north of Richmond. The state fair has all the greatest hits of local fairs -- carnival rides, crop and livestock competitions, entertainment and, of course, every kind of deep-fried food imaginable.